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Vol. XVIII, no. 1 TCU Library Newsletter, Web Edition November 2005

Electronic Theses and Dissertations Now Available for TCU Students

By June Koelker & Kerry Bouchard

Beginning Fall 2005, TCU graduate students submitted theses and dissertations to the library online, rather than as bound printed copies. Students save their thesis/dissertation as a PDF file, and use a web site to submit this file to University Microfilms. (In the past, only dissertations were sent to UMI; with the new e-submission process, theses are being sent there as well.) Library staff download a copy of the PDF for local storage. For futher protection, we also archive an unbound printed copy, and a copy of the original file format.

The local database of TCU theses and dissertations will be registered with the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, a cooperative project begun at Virginia Tech University. This means that scholarship created by TCU graduate students will now be accessible world-wide, both through UMI and through the NDLTD, unless the student requests otherwise.

The Mary Couts Burnett Library initiated a project to provide digital access to the dissertations and theses. Kerry Bouchard, Library Director for Systems, oversaw the implementation of the project. A local web site to guide students through the process of creating the electronic version of their file and submitting it online has been created at http://lib.tcu.edu/NDLTD.